Fall through spring, popular tours of the caverns lead visitors through the sparkling stalagmite and stalactite formations that hang from cave ceilings and walls.

 
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Expert Review of Mitchell Caverns

Parks and Outdoors Review of Mitchell Caverns

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
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  • The best way to escape the heat of the Mojave is to take an underground tour of Mitchell Caverns, where the temperature is a steady 65 degrees year-round. The caverns' intricate limestone formations include stalagmites, stalactites, helictites, draperies, cavern coral, and flowstone. Tours are limited to 25 people and advance reservations are advised. The tour involves a 1.5-mile walk.
  • Camping is available at the park's developed campground. The Mary Beale Nature Trail leads from the camp and the park visitor center. A more strenuous trail leads one mile uphill to Crystal Springs and shows off a wide variety of high-desert vegetation, including barrel cactus, mormon tea, cresote, blue sage, pinyon pines, and junipers. Bighorn sheep are sometimes spotted near Crystal Springs.

Address:
Eastern Mojave Desert off of Interstate 40
P.O. Box 1
Essex, California 92332
Parking: Call the park
Price: Adults $5, children under 16 $2


Visitor Information


Telephone Number: 760-928-2586
Price Information: Adults $5, children under 16 $2
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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